Friday, July 24, 2009

Friday July 24, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 6:23 PM
Word Problem

“Philosophers ponder the idea
of identity: what it is to
give something a name on
Monday and have it respond
 to that name on Friday….”
Bernard Holland

Quoted here Monday:
Tom Wolfe on the moon
 landing forty years ago:

What NASA needs now
  is the power of the Word.”

30 OCTOBER 2000- NY- Charlize Theron, Matt Damon and Will Smith at the Oct. 29, 2000, NY premiere of 'Legend Of Bagger Vance.' --Ezio Petersen UPI

“It don’t mean a thing
 if it ain’t got that….”


This week’s
earlier entries.

Happy birthday,
Gus Van Sant.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Thursday July 23, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 12:06 PM
Blade Singer
Director’s Cut

Replication of 'The Immortal Game' of chess in 'Blade Runner'

“Bishop to King 7, check.” – Roy Batty

On Chris Hipp, who died of an apparent heart attack at 47 on July 14 (Bastille Day), 2009:

“‘He was the father of blade technology when he was with RLX,’ Jim Hall, president of the Blade System Alliance, said in an interview. ‘He invented the blade server.'”

“Hall said Hipp was a natural inventor who wanted to be on the cutting edge.”

— Jeffrey Burt at eWeek.com

Epitaph by a friend:

“He was known as a determined, fearsome and fair competitor.”

Red Kite Prayer

Hipp’s motto was “pounding idiots.”*

From a website celebrating the life and family (cf. previous two entries) of Leonard Shlain, author of Art & Physics and pioneering surgeon:

“Shlain n: unique last name of Russian origins. Possible meanings: 1: Sound sword makes as it’s pulled from sheath” —Shlain.com

A more authentic sound:

The blade actually does sing. When it is withdrawn from the sheath it makes a ‘Tshuiiing’ sound as one hears in the movies. It rings like a bell.”

Armageddon blade by Trace Rinaldi
Steel Addiction, Custom Knives

A less authentic sound:

Wizard of Id, July 23, 2009-- The Drawn Blade

* The residents of Id (as in the above cartoon) are known, affectionately, as Idiots.

Thursday July 23, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 5:01 AM

A Tangled Tale

Proposed task for a quantum computer:

"Using Twistor Theory to determine the plotline of Bob Dylan's 'Tangled up in Blue'"

One approach to a solution:

"In this scheme the structure of spacetime is intrinsically quantum mechanical…. We shall demonstrate that the breaking of symmetry in a QST [quantum space-time] is intimately linked to the notion of quantum entanglement."

— "Theory of Quantum Space-Time," by Dorje C. Brody and Lane P. Hughston, Royal Society of London Proceedings Series A, Vol. 461, Issue 2061, August 2005, pp. 2679-2699

(See also The Klein Correspondence, Penrose Space-Time, and a Finite Model.)

For some less technical examples of broken symmetries, see yesterday's entry, "Alphabet vs. Goddess."

That entry displays a painting in 16 parts by Kimberly Brooks (daughter of Leonard Shlain– author of The Alphabet Versus the Goddess— and wife of comedian Albert Brooks (real name: Albert Einstein)). Kimberly Brooks is shown below with another of her paintings, titled "Blue."


Click image to enlarge.

"She was workin' in a topless place
 And I stopped in for a beer,
 I just kept lookin' at the side of her face
 In the spotlight so clear.
 And later on as the crowd thinned out
 I's just about to do the same,
 She was standing there in back of my chair
 Said to me, 'Don't I know your name?'
 I muttered somethin' underneath my breath,
 She studied the lines on my face.
 I must admit I felt a little uneasy
 When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe,
 Tangled up in blue."

-- Bob Dylan

Further entanglement with blue:

The website of the Los Angeles Police Department, designed by Kimberly Brooks's firm, Lightray Productions.

Further entanglement with shoelaces:

"Entanglement can be transmitted through chains of cause and effect– and if you speak, and another hears, that too is cause and effect.  When you say 'My shoelaces are untied' over a cellphone, you're sharing your entanglement with your shoelaces with a friend."

— "What is Evidence?," by Eliezer Yudkowsky

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wednesday July 22, 2009

Filed under: General,Geometry — Tags: — m759 @ 9:48 AM
Alphabet vs. Goddess


Roy Lichtenstein girl and Hand of God pointing to the letter B

… from June 11, 2008.

“Just as both tragedy and comedy can be written by using the same letters of the alphabet, the vast variety of events in this world can be realized by the same atoms through their different arrangements and movements. Geometry and kinematics, which were made possible by the void, proved to be still more important in some way than pure being.”

— Werner Heisenberg in
  Physics and Philosophy

Werner, Kimberly;
Kimberly, Werner.

Wechsler cubes, with 'Certainty,' by Kimberly Brooks

Happy Feast of
St. Mary Magdalene.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Tuesday July 21, 2009

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Today's Readings:

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday July 20, 2009

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The First Post
in this weblog:

The Diamond Theorem

Related material:

From Sunday’s New York Times, Tom Wolfe on the moon landing forty years ago:

What NASA needs now is the power of the Word. On Darwin’s tongue, the Word created a revolutionary and now well-nigh universal conception of the nature of human beings, or, rather, human beasts. On Freud’s tongue, the Word means that at this very moment there are probably several million orgasms occurring that would not have occurred had Freud never lived. Even the fact that he is proved to be a quack has not diminished the power of his Word.

July 20, 1969, was the moment NASA needed, more than anything else in this world, the Word. But that was something NASA’s engineers had no specifications for. At this moment, that remains the only solution to recovering NASA’s true destiny, which is, of course, to build that bridge to the stars.

Tom Wolfe is the author of “The Right Stuff,” an account of the Mercury Seven astronauts.


The Word according to St. John:

Jill St. John, star of 'Diamonds are Forever'

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Sunday July 19, 2009

Filed under: General — Tags: — m759 @ 7:11 AM
Finite Jest
(continued from
 Monday, July 13)

Blaise Pascal:

"L’unité jointe à l’infini ne l’augmente de rien, non plus qu’un pied à une mesure infinie. Le fini s’anéantit en présence de l’infini, et devient un pur néant….

Nous connaissons qu’il y a un infini, et ignorons sa nature. Comme nous savons qu’il est faux que les nombres soient finis, donc il est vrai qu’il y a un infini en nombre. Mais nous ne savons ce qu’il est: il est faux qu’il soit pair, il est faux qu’il soit impair; car, en ajoutant 1 unité, il ne change point de nature; cependant c’est un nombre, et tout nombre est pair ou impair (il est vrai que cela s’entend de tout nombre fini). Ainsi…."

"Unity joined to infinity adds nothing to it, no more than one foot to an infinite measure. The finite is annihilated in the presence of the infinite, and becomes a pure nothing….

We know that there is an infinite, and are ignorant of its nature. As we know it to be false that numbers are finite, it is therefore true that there is an infinity in number. But we do not know what it is. It is false that it is even, it is false that it is odd; for the addition of a unit can make no change in its nature. Yet it is a number, and every number is odd or even (this is certainly true of every finite number). So…."

Pensées (trans. W. F. Trotter), Courier Dover Publications, 2003

"Le fini s’anéantit
 en présence de l’infini,
      et devient un pur néant

Un Pur Néant:

"So did God cause the big bang?
Overcome by metaphysical lassitude,
I finally reach over to my bookshelf
for The Devil's Bible.
Turning to Genesis I read:
'In the beginning
there was nothing.
And God said,
'Let there be light!'
And there was still nothing,
but now you could see it.'"

— Jim Holt, Big-Bang Theology,
   Slate's "High Concept" department


Fiat Lux, and After


"In the garden of Adding,
 Live Even and Odd"      
— E. L. Doctorow    


The Cross of Five Ninths

  4 + 5 = 9.

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